Jake Paul declines offer to face man who once beat Jon Jones in wrestling

Jake Paul, gearing up for his Professional Fighters League (PFL) debut in 2024, is still in search of the ideal opponent. Recent reports reveal that he turned down an offer from former UFC fighter and WWE star, Matt Riddle.

The MMA community has been eagerly anticipating Jake Paul’s transition to PFL since the announcement earlier in 2023. However, the matchmaking process has proven challenging. While Nate Diaz remains a hopeful contender, Paul’s team has offered a substantial $15 million to entice Diaz, who has yet to show significant interest.

In a surprising twist, Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer shared:

“Matt Riddle and his reps spoke directly to Jake Paul of late regarding doing a match,” Meltzer reported. “Paul expressed no interest in facing Riddle under MMA rules, where Riddle would have the experience edge even though he hasn’t been active or trained for fighting for years. Riddle was willing to do a boxing match and at this point, it’s up to Paul’s side, which obviously it always would be since he’s the A-side.”

Riddle’s MMA journey includes a UFC departure due to failed tests, not due to skill deficiencies. Despite controversies, Riddle found success in professional wrestling. However, allegations about his treatment toward women emerged, adding another layer to his career.

Paul’s strategic decision to decline Riddle’s challenge aligns with the overarching goal of elevating his career. While Riddle possesses a notable name, the emphasis remains on securing a bout with Diaz, a move that promises to propel Paul’s career, win or lose.

The ongoing search for a high-profile opponent in their mid-40s keeps fans on the edge of their seats. As Paul navigates these negotiations, MMA enthusiasts eagerly await updates on the finalized opponent for his much-anticipated PFL debut.